Rejuvenated Edison State Park
The reinvention of Menlo Park includes not only the site of the Tower and new museum but also the roughly 36 acres of surrounding parkland that make up Edison State Park, which is one of the largest remaining green spaces in Middlesex County. Long neglected and underused, the park’s rolling woodland sustains several ecosystems and offers views across several ravines, a pond, and a meadow. Plans call for the construction of an outlook beside the meadow and an extended system of walking trails with interpretive signage and vantage points for viewing the Tower. Properly developed, the trails will enrich and extend the visitor experience to the new museum, and the parkland will become an attraction in its own right, bringing people back for repeated visits.
The roughly two acres surrounding the Tower are rich in archeological artifacts from Edison's laboratory compound and will be turned into a commemorative precinct featuring a scale model of Edison’s facilities circa 1878, archeological excavations, and a path marked with interpretive signage. Guided by a podcast, visitors will be able to follow the path and hear the story of the invention factory as they view the original site.